PROCRASTINATION IS A THIEF OF TIME

Perfectionist
Rebellious
Over Doer
Crisis Management
Low Self Esteem
Anxiety and Depression
Illness
Motivation
Excessive Fear
Dreamer


Perfectionist

A perfectionist sets standards and targets that are so high that it is almost impossible to achieve them. They are never satisfied because information, staff and resources are never good enough. They believe all the traffic lights must be green before they start out on their journey. A perfectionist will go over the same task a hundred times and still not be happy with it.

Rebellious

The rebellious procrastinator knows what to do and how to do it, but because of bad feelings, will not do it. I know a young man who felt that his job was at risk and sooner or later he would be unemployed. This young man knew he was the only person in the company that could do his job. Because of this he delayed certain aspects of his job and almost brought the company to its knees. He eventually became known as the rebellious procrastinator.

Over Doer

The over doer is a classic. This person takes on every one’s job and at the end of the day gets very little done. They do not like to delegate, because they do not believe that others can do the task as well as themselves. Sad to say, this person will spend lots of time being burnt out. If you arrest the over doers and question them, you will discover that they have work with them that should have been done a year ago.

Crisis Management

The crisis management procrastinators will always tell you that they work better under pressure. Because they work better under pressure, they leave things until the pressure mounts up. They leave almost everything to the last hour. One of the biggest crisis managers are college students, who never fail to leave assignments to the last hour. Planning, organising, problem solving and decision making are crisis managers’ biggest weaknesses. Crisis management procrastinators also find it hard to tackle big tasks. Rather than breaking down the big task into smaller manageable tasks, they leave it and do other minor things. Working under pressure has destroyed many strong men, women and their families. Do not be the next.

Low Self Esteem

Working with a low self esteem procrastinator can be one of the most frustrating experiences. This person will not hand in the work even though it has been finished a long time ago. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, I had this experience when I was a training manager of a large organisation. This employee would not bring the work to me until I asked for it three or four times. When she eventually brought it to me, she would nervously explain and explain even though I did not ask any questions. People with low self esteem are very passive and unassertive. They feel that others are always better than themselves, even though the opposite may be true.

Anxiety and Depression

For me anxiety and depression represent one of the most dangerous of all the procrastinators. It is also called worry sickness, which leads to death. This person spends more time worrying rather than getting the task done. I know many wonderful people who worry so much that doctors have to put them on medication or they will physically die. Their lives and their families are shattered.

worries

“Do you carry your worries with you everywhere you go?”

Illness

There are certain illnesses such as neurosis, a nervous disorder, that leads to procrastination. Illness must be identified and treated immediately. If you suspect that you fall within this area, please seek medical advice, now!
Motivation

A person is motivated to action when they have a clearly defined vision. Where there is no vision, the motivation to action will be very low. This procrastinator, because of lack of motivation affects not just the task at hand but their whole life and the lives of others. In SCHOLAR we have trained hundreds of procrastinators who had no clearly defined vision when they came to us. The get-up-and-go, the drive, the enthusiasm, call it what you will, was not there. The moment we help them to set clearly defined goals and values for themselves, a miracle takes place before our very eyes. All of a sudden the light is turned on, the sun is out and they have won the lottery. Literally, their lives are transformed.

Excessive Fear

Excessive fear of failure and fear of success can cause a person to procrastinate. This fear has a crippling and paralysing effect on its victims and leads to inactivity. On a SCHOLAR training programme we had a delegate who was so fearful I had to take her home after every evening session. If I did not do this she would not have attended the course. Fear crushes and torments its victims like a 40-ton lorry travelling at 70 miles per hour and crushing a child’s toy on the motorway. Do not get in the way of excessive fear my friend because it does not take prisoners.

Dreamer

I used to dream so much I soon forgot that I lived on planet Earth. Dreamers live in a world of their own, making promises they do not always keep. They are a big disappointment to themselves and others. When they should be working on their values and visions, they are enjoying a trip to the West Indies in their mind. When it’s time to get up and do, they lie down and dream, because they live in their head. If you dream and do nothing, your poverty will creep upon you, like a thief in the night.

~ Errol A Williams

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